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Black Alumni Reunion FAQs

Registration

Who can I contact for information on BAR?

Contact Tyrone Carr, carrt@ohio.edu. Or call your OHIO Alumni Association (OAA) at 740-593-4300.

How do I received updated information on BAR?

Join the Black Alumni Reunion group on The Bobcat Network! Connect with fellow alumni and BAR attendees. The Black Alumni Reunion group on The Bobcat Network is the official place we’ll share all the updates on events, guest speakers, and happenings for BAR 2022.

When will the list of BAR events be made available?

The initial weekend schedule is available now at ohio.edu/black-alumni-reunion. We’ll keep updating the schedule in the weeks ahead. Check back often!

Will I have to register to attend BAR events?

Some events and activities will require registration. Register here. There are also free events – we greatly appreciate your registration for these as well. There will be free OHIO swag with any event registration!

What is the registration deadline?

We’ll want to know you’re coming by August 15.

What are the costs to attend BAR events?

Some events will be free. Some will have a cost associated. We expect the cost for these activities to range from $10-$75. We’ll get those specifics up on the registration page for you early this summer.

Will any of my registration fee be applied to a scholarship fund?

No, no event registration money will go towards scholarships. When you register, you’ll have the chance to choose to make an additional gift to a scholarship fund.

Can I pay at the door for BAR events?

For all but one event, yes. You’ll have to register to attend the BAR Gala.

What if my plans change and I need to cancel my registration?

No problem! Give us a call at 740-593-4300 and we’ll take care of you.

Event and Activity

What is the process for planning a non-sponsored OAA event in conjunction with BAR?

Contact Tyrone Carr, carrt@ohio.edu or at 740-593-4300, in order to adequately prepare for ticketed events. There will be a cutoff date of July 5 for organizations to submit their events and activities. 

Why don’t BAR events posted on social media appear on the BAR registration website?

Official OHIO-sponsored events will appear on the BAR registration website.

Will there be any BAR events for alumni to network and interact with the students?

Yes. The planning committee will be looking for opportunities to engage with students throughout the weekend.

Will Black alumni and staff/faculty (deceased or alive) be honored and recognized during the BAR?

Yes. The planning committee is determining how to honor Black alumni who have passed and how to recognize Black alumni accomplishments as part of the reunion.

Will I be permitted to sell my products or services during the BAR?

Selling goods and services on campus is subject to many rules and policies – think risk management, sales tax, procurement, licensing and contracts, etc. Alumni interested in selling goods on campus can reserve tables outside of Baker Center as external partners (cost is $100/day). Visit the Event Services website for more information or to reserve table space.

Why isn’t the BAR being held in the spring?

The OHIO academic calendar is on semesters, which means the spring season – with students in town – is too short to accommodate the reunion. Weekends in March and April are heavily programmed with OHIO Up Close admissions events, Mom’s Weekend, the International Street Fair, and more. And, commencement is April 30 this year!

Hosting BAR during an academic semester requires collaboration with campus partners through the University’s event space scheduling process, which begins in January and is finalized in March. This process, and all access to event space, is managed by University Event Services, an office within the Division of Student Affairs. During this process student organizations, academic units, and non- academic units (including OUAA) request space. Competition is tremendous, and Event Services places priority on student and academic events (NOTE: Student fees fund Baker Center and its operations. Therefore, student events get priority access to that space).

Logistics

Will special parking be available on campus for BAR events?

No; but, limited metered parking is available on campus.

Why are hotel rooms booked and not available during the BAR?

The OAA is not holding any hotel blocks or coordinating room reservations. Once BAR dates were announced in March, guests began making reservations directly with local hotels. Please visit the Athens County Visitor’s Bureau’s website for information about lodging in and near Athens.

Will the Ohio University Alumni Association provide discount codes for hotels?

No. Please see our Parking and Hotel Information page for local lodging options.